Author: Carolyn Hax

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Find your voice and find the strength to stand up to parental pressure. [Read More]
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A reader writes: "Some readers asked for a follow up [to my question yesterday]: I have tried, for years, telling my mom in very different... [Read More]
Dear Carolyn Adapted from a recent online discussion. DEAR CAROLYN: Some readers asked for a follow up [to my question yesterday]: I have tried, for... [Read More]
Sounds like you need to pull back even more, try to redirect conversations, and look into getting her therapy. [Read More]
Carolyn Hax: Mom's negativity impacting my health — Part 2. Sounds like you need to pull back even more, try to redirect conversations, and look... [Read More]
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It's time now, gently, to refuse to engage - all that harping can happen only if you grant her the time to harp. [Read More]
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A reader writes: "My mother makes everything negative." [Read More]
Dear Carolyn Adapted from a recent online discussion. DEAR CAROLYN: My mother makes everything negative. Tell her a piece of good news, like a job... [Read More]
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Your first step is to try to direct her anxiety into something constructive. [Read More]
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Once you stop looking for kudos phrased as kudos, you'll be better positioned to work with her vs. constantly pushing against. [Read More]
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Dear Carolyn:As inappropriate as it feels to "need" a baby shower, my husband was just laid off and we, after several miscarriages, are finally expecting... [Read More]
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A reader writes: "As inappropriate as it feels to "need" a baby shower, my husband was just laid off and we, after several miscarriages, are... [Read More]
Dear Carolyn DEAR CAROLYN: As inappropriate as it feels to "need" a baby shower, my husband was just laid off and we, after several miscarriages,... [Read More]
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An advice column that covers all the bases. [Read More]
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Carolyn Hax: This wedding shower is overshadowing my baby shower. You need to tell your mother how her slights make you feel. [Read More]
Dear Carolyn: As inappropriate as it feels to "need" a baby shower, my husband was just laid off and we, after several miscarriages, are finally... [Read More]
Saying "no" to shower "bait and slap" seems the wisest course of action. [Read More]
Readers weigh in on whether the new mom should feel guilty that she doesn't want surrogate to attend. [Read More]
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I feel as though having her there will just throw a spotlight on the fact that she gets to carry my baby and I don't. [Read More]
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